This was the weekend of bad runs. I don’t want to dwell on it so much, just report it and move on.
On Saturday I needed to log 2 miles. 2 miles is nothing. Well, it’s nothing unless your shins scream in pain for the entire run. My goal was to beat my earlier pace, 9’42”. I ended with a pace of 10’31”. I lost almost an entire minute off my pace. Deplorable!
On Sunday, the day’s planned run was 12 miles. If I was feeling up to it, I intended to push for an extra 1.1 miles. That’s right, I was going for a half marathon distance. I have only done that once before. It was time for a repeat. My legs were feeling better, and I was ready. Little did I know that fate had other plans.
I run with a Nike Running Hydration Belt, or rather I used to. It has four bottles and each holds four ounces. I hadn’t used them since last fall, and when I went to run on Sunday, I could only locate three bottles and only one lid. What does that mean? I could only carry four ounces of Gatorade. That should have been enough right? Wrong, so wrong.
When I left, 11 AM, the temperature outside was 65⁰. By the 12:30 it was 88⁰. By the end, the sun was burning my face. I was through those four ounces of Gatorade in no time. Around mile seven I could feel my legs shutting down. Over and over I kept saying to myself, “just a little further.” At mile eight my mind screamed back “LIAR!!!!” My pace dropped from the mid 11s to 13s. I soon realized I could walk faster. With no pride, I ended the run. The final results were 8.9 miles at pace of 11’47”.
That isn’t the worse part. I now had to walk home. It felt like a walk of shame. This has been the second time I have not succeeded in my running goal for distance. In fact, I normally feel like I can do more. At first I questioned where my strength went. After a mile or so I started wondering if I could ever do a full marathon. Even with a couple short cuts, it was still a three-mile walk home. I knew I made the right decision since I stumbled several times on the road home. If I had more liquids I could easily have done the run. I also should definitely have worn my hat. So many “ifs” and so little time. After several mental debates, I decided that I can do the distance.
What do you do for hydration on your long runs?
I have been using the Nike Hydration Belt with G2 Gatorade.
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